There isn’t much to celebrate or expect when booking an economy seat these days as most perks and benefits have become pay-per-use for the majority of airlines, but Air New Zealand is looking for ways to treat its economy passengers as well as its business- and first-class passengers by considering lie-flat seating options for all classes.
Air New Zealand is currently researching what it plans to call Skynest, or lie-flat sleep pods for economy passengers on long-haul flights. The enclosed Skynest pods would include six such lie-flat beds, similar to the sleeping quarters for flight crew on long-haul flights. The theoretical installment of these pods may require removing a few rows of standard seats from economy class, but the exact location of the proposed pods is yet to be determined.
Use of the sleep pods would be part of an extra fee added to a traveler’s base airfare and would be available on Boeing’s long-haul aircraft, including Boeing 777 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
If successful in this endeavor, Air New Zealand would be the first and only airline to offer lie-flat seating for economy passengers. The airline’s goal is to have a final decision about whether to install these pods in late 2021.
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